My Fear of Writing Emails: Millennial Musings Journal Entry 03

My Fear of Writing Emails

Does anyone else get irrationally anxious about writing and sending emails?

I don’t know what it is about emails but I hate them. Literally every part about sending an email.

How do I address the person I’m emailing? How formal should I sound? How do I sign of my name? Do I introduce myself? What if the attachment I sent doesn’t open? Will it get sent to spam? What will they think when I read it?

Then eventually, if the person responds, I completely ignore it in anticipation of reading what they said. Then life gets in the way and I totally forget about the email, and don’t respond until days later. Then a new string of worries snakes it way into my head.

What if I responded too late? How much time is too much time in between emails? They sounded so casual but my email was so professional; do they think I’m over the top? Should I sound casual back? How many exclamation marks are too many exclamation marks?

I don’t know what it is about emails that drives me so crazy. Texting is fine; in fact I prefer it. I would much rather talk over the phone or even talk to someone in person than send an email.

I understand the convince of an email; you can send it on your own time and the receiver can respond on their own time. But emails are still fickle.

Please pass along any tips you have for writing emails. I feel like this is a skill I need to have but for some reason I put off emailing important people for ages.

5 Quick Tips to Nail Your Interview

Nail Your Interview

Last week I had an interview for a part-time job (I think it went really well!). I think part of the reason it went well was because I wasn’t as nervous as I usually am, or as nervous as I would be applying for maybe a more permanent, full-time job. Being less nervous made the interview run smoother, feel better, and ultimately made me more confident during and afterwards.

Here are some of the things that worked well for me that I’m adopting for future interview.Read More »

The Definition of a Post-Grad: Millennial Musings Journal Entry 02

When does one graduate from considering themselves a “post-grad” person?

I’m in this struggle right now. It’s been over a year since I graduated college, and yet I often still call myself a “post-grad.” Is there a definite timestamp where this becomes unacceptable? Or is it more of a state of mind? At what point do we move out of the phase where we’re transitioning for a traditional college life to an adult life?

Definition of a post-grad

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Top 5 Posts When You Open Linked-In

Posts on Linked-In

I use Linked-In like it’s my religion. I’m on it almost everyday. I’m not actually sure how beneficial it is for the typical job search; do employers really have time to scour Linked-In on the regular?

Whenever I log into my homepage, here’s the top things that make me cringe.

RECONNECT WITH YOUR COLLEAGUES ft. a dozen adults you met in the past five years and connected with on a whim.

TRENDING IN ‘YOUR CAREER’ ft. a link to an inspirational article that has nothing to do with your place in life.

JOBS YOU MAY BE INTERESTED IN ft. three jobs you are under-qualified for.

[GIRL YOU HAD ONE COLLEGE CLASS WITH] HAS A NEW JOB! ft. a fancy job title you can’t tell is made up or not.

7 PEOPLE VIEWED YOUR PROFILE IN THE PAST 90 DAYS! ft. a co-worker, a high school friend, two college acquaintances, an ex-boyfriend, and two random people.

Oh Linked-In.

On Searching for a New Job: Millennial Musings Journal Entry 01

[I’m hesistant to call myself a millennial because I’m not sure I like to lump myself into a specific (albeit large) category of people. However, I guess one of the bonuses of lumping myself into a specific category is that a lot of people feel the same way.]

On Searching for a New Job

I’ve been out of college for a year and I don’t feel like I’ve been using my degree.

In the fifteen months since my graduation, I’ve held numerous different job titles: Unit Leader and Assistant Camp Director at my summer camp, Lunch Aide and Substitute Teacher at my elementary school, Teaching Intern and Assistant Instructor at my creative writing center, and Babysitter with my neighbors.

There are a few common themes with this list. My favorite one is the amount of job growth; I went from being a team leader to an executive leader, a supplement to a substitution, an unpaid intern to an employee on payroll. I’m really proud of all the physical job growth I’ve accomplished in the past year, and it makes me feel like I’ve been successful with something.Read More »

Creating a Budget for the First Time

Creating a Budget

Finding a job right after college was really stressful. Trying to manage my money was even worse.

By the time I got my third part-time job, I was getting a paycheck every week, sometimes even twice a week. I really felt like I rolling in it, but when I broke it down I knew I needed to start saving and investing my money strategically.

I’m not talking in investing in some fancy stocks or anything; that’s still pretty over my head. But I needed to invest purchases that would benefit me in the long run.

One of the first things I did was create a very basic budget on Excel. I used the same document for the whole year, just starting with a new month.Read More »

Summer Camp 2016 Reflections

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Post-camp depression is a very real experience that I have undergo every fall. Leaving the woods and my best friends and having to remember to brush my hair and shower every day can be a real struggle.

This past summer I returned to my camp as the assistant camp director. It was a role in which I marinated on before deciding to ultimately apply. It was a good decision, but definitely came with it’s challenges

I love camp. I get the opportunity to be outside everyday, spend time swimming and doing crafts, building campfires, laughing with kids, hanging out with great people and being able to call it work. Being a counselor and later unit leader was one of the greatest professional and maturing experiences I’ve had; I was able to learn a lot about my work ethic and push myself out of my comfort zone in multiple different ways.

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As the Assistant Camp Director I felt pressed and challenged in a zillion different ways. I was lucky enough to get to camp a week before the other staff and two weeks before campers, but one of the unique things about being a staff member at a summer camp is that you really have to learn on the job. This is great because hands-on experiences are (in my opinion) the best kinds of learning experiences, but it also means the first two weeks or so are kind of sloppy.Read More »

Thoughts on Working With Kids

I’m at the point in my life right now where I tell people I majored in English and they ask, “Oh, so you want to be a teacher?”

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I’d rather not, thanks.

Not going to lie, I’ve thought long and hard about it. I think I would be a great teacher. I have a sense of humor, a good sarcastic voice, a stern tone but also a lot of patience, and I honestly think grading papers would be so fun! I could totally teach middle or high school.

Except I don’t know if I could deal with the bullying, bad attitudes, parents, and waking up every day and going back to school.

I don’t know, I don’t know man.

For my entire first year after I graduated, all four of my jobs have been working with kids. I totally see where everyone gets the idea that I’m going to be a teacher. I’d be a natural digression.

I enjoy working with kids. I think they’re hilarious. I think they’re sweet. They have a lot of energy, they’re surprising, they’re curious, and the young ones are still very eager to be good people. (Actually I think most of them truly want to be good people but the pressure and information bombarding them from literally every angle of society is confusing. But more on that another time.)

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5 Things to Do the First Day at Work

If you’re an introvert like me, starting a new job can be terrifying enough to call in sick on the very first day. I’ve been in my new role (at an old job) for a full week now and I’m starting to meet some new staff and figured out my footing. It feels weird to be surrounded by stress and not feel. I’m generally either pretty calm or pretty stressed, but never in between. I think it’s because I got all the stress out of my system before I started my job.

Whether you’re starting a new job at a new company or starting in a new position, here are some things you should do on your first day of work.

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American Camp Association Conference Recap

In March I went on my first official business trip to the American Camp Association Tri-State conference. It was low-key one of the highlights of my young life.

To say I’m nervous about being the assistant camp director this summer is an understatement. It took me months to even apply for the job.

After the conference, I felt so much better. I can (almost) say I feel prepared for the summer. At the very least, I have a plethora of new ideas with a game plan on how to shape those ideas into action.

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